Information warfare

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Concise description of theory

  • The theory of information warfare explains and integrates operations involving a diverse collection of actors and media within a single framework. The theory is centered on the value of information resources and on "win-lose" operations that affect that value. Offensive and defensive information warfare is expressed in terms of actors, targets, methods, technologies, outcomes, policies, and laws. Information warfare can target or exploit any type of information medium--physical environments, print and storage media, broadcast media, telecommunications, and computers and computer networks.

Diagram/schematic of theory

Originating author(s)

  • Dorothy E. R. Denning

Seminal articles

  • Denning, D. E. R. (1999). Information warfare and security (Vol. 4): Addison-Wesley Reading MA.

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IS articles that use the theory


  • Craig A. Horne

Date last updated

  • 27 July 2018

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